Venice

We are going to Venice this morning for a day.  There are a number of ways of getting there, but since we have a car we going to drive across the Liberty Bridge and park at the first available parking garage.  Parking in Venice is interesting.  We pulled into the first parking garage which has a daily parking rate of €26.  There are no in and out privileges, there are no hourly rates, the moment you pull the ticket from the dispenser it is €26.00.  What is weird though about this parking garage is the fact that when you pull the ticket and the gate opens, the attendant tells you which level to go up to and park. There are 10 levels to this garage which holds about 150 cars per level.  Each of the levels has an attendant that instructs you where to park, he then tells you to leave the car unlocked and to leave your keys in the car.  Say WHAT?  It is true, you park your car, turn it off, “hide” your belonging like iPads and coats and  leave your car open with  the keys in the car.  Reluctantly we left two iPads in the car and walked away.  We verified this with some locals who told us that all spots in the parking garage are reserved, if the owner shows up your car is moved by the attendant.  I saw two nice Porsches parked across from us, the doors were locked so they obviously had doubts about this procedure, they locked their cars and walked away.  We left the car open, keys in the door pocket and  iPads in the console – and we walked away.

 

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